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by Roni Schotter & illustrated by Janice Nadeau

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3714-3
Publisher: Dial Books

A bouncy rhyme delivers a warm, light-hearted look at all kinds of grandmothers.

Nadeau chooses cozy backgrounds in pale greens and peachy pinks to highlight the humorous antics, superior talents and loving gestures of these adoring ladies. Known as Savta or Abuela or Baba or Daa-dee-maa, these grandmas from all cultures gab on park benches, balance in yoga poses, ride bikes, knit, bake and go birding. Schotter also includes a flashback to what these wonderful women did when they were younger, whether it be dancing to rock and roll or marching for equal rights. There is also a touch of the stereotypical: “There are nagging grandmas and bragging grandmas, / some noisy, some purry. / But no matter the grandma, / they all seem to worry!” Yet “when I need to know, / who she loves so, / I look in her eyes…” The ultimate message is that grandmas most enjoy spending time with their beloved grandchildren—and that “just like we do, they need to know, / who it is that loves them so.” This book has obvious uses as a discussion starter about family members and the roles they play. A glossary of Grandma in different languages at the beginning of the book is particularly helpful but would be more so if pronunciations were included.

Pickiness aside, this is a clever, buoyant look at many children’s favorite relative.

(Picture book. 3-5)